We like to give our guns clever nicknames and so too was the case back in 1853. The “Beecher’s Bible,” the .52 caliber Sharps Model 1853 Rifle, was the world’s first widely used breech loader and a weapon that drew blood during the days of Bleeding Kansas.
Say hello to my little friend. Along with the .44 Magnum bit in Dirty Harry, this line is a good contender for the most famous yet delivered about a firearm in all of filmdom. But the M16A1, the film’s little friend, had a whole host of buddies who went bang as well. Let’s reminisce and meet t
Folks from all walks of life seem to identify with the underdog and stories of steadfast determination against clearly insurmountable odds, like the events at the battle of the Alamo, inspired Texans back then as much as they do today. Well, here are the guns they fought with.
It’s June, 28th, 1914, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand sits in the back of some chitty bang bang rolling through the streets of Sarajevo. Sophie, his wife, sits beside him. The Bosnians, his new subjects, sullenly line the streets. It’s an age of fervent nationalism and the Archduke—in the city t
If, like me, you’ve ever driven on Brazil’s highways – those winding-anacondas-of-a-two-lane that Brazilian drivers treat more like winding-anacondas-of-a-four-lane – then, no doubt, you have feared for your life. Pardon the pun, but the streets of Brazil are Rio dangerous. However, according
On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 10th, 1584, Balthazar Gerard hid in a darkened stairwell, packing some serious heat. Beneath his cloak dangled three wheel-lock pistols, primed and ready and stuffed with black powder and .50 caliber lead slugs. Balthazar planned to use the firearms for a purp
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Not exactly the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of major manufacturing centers, arms or otherwise. Yet, for the opening three score years of our nation’s history, Harpers Ferry absolutely boomed, and in more ways than one. To understand why, the st